How improper SSH key management is putting enterprises at risk – TechTarget

You wouldn’t create a new set of car keys every time you opened your garage and then leave those numerous copies lying around for anyone to pick up. But the lack of proper SSH key management over the years has put enterprises in virtually that exact position today.

Tatu Ylonen, creator of the Secure Shell (SSH) network protocol, has spent the last 20-plus years preaching the virtues of good SSH key management and the dangers that exposed or lost keys present to enterprises. But he believes that a number of factors, from faulty installations to the ease of self-provisioning SSH keys, have created an uphill battle for security managers and system administrators. While the situation may be overwhelming for some enterprises, Ylonen’s company, SSH Communications Security, is attempting to level the playing field with tools that can automate and improve SSH key management.

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